Film-maker looking for local talent

Monday, 4th April, 2011

ON LOCATION: A short film where a gambler wins more than he bargained for in a game of poker will be made in Broken Hill by Jason Von Drayco (left) and Dale Alexander Bremner next month. ON LOCATION: A short film where a gambler wins more than he bargained for in a game of poker will be made in Broken Hill by Jason Von Drayco (left) and Dale Alexander Bremner next month.

By John Casey

Broken Hill's growing reputation as a film-maker's destination of choice has lured award winning Sydney director/cinematographer Dale Alexander Bremner to the region.

Bremner and his executive producer, Jason Von Drayco, spent the past week in the city scouting locations and conducting pre-production work.

They were "blown away" by what Broken Hill had to offer.

"The amount of support we have received from the people here has been overwhelming," 30-year-old Bremner said.

"The response has been so amazing that I knew instantly that this was our location and we didn't need to look anywhere else.

"In fact, Jason and I have been so impressed we are now thinking it would only be fair to hold the premiere here when the film is released around September."

The Sydney-based movie-makers are also inviting local industry hopefuls to be part of their production, a short film titled "Galatians", which will be shot on the outskirts of Broken Hill and Silverton from May 18.

"My aim is to create a visually compelling short film exploring unique Australian cinema style and presenting the expansive beauty of Broken Hill, Silverton and the outback to international film communities," Bremner said.

"We will be sourcing a large part of the cast and props from, and around, Broken Hill and while previous acting experience is preferred, it is not required."

The movie's storyline follows a drifting gambler who wins a man's soul in a game of poker.

"When he discovers the man has already sold his soul to the devil, he arranges an exchange, the man's soul back for the chance to sell his own," Bremner said.

"Why would he do that ... well, I'm not going to give that away just yet."

Local actors, make-up artists and aspiring film-makers are all invited to register their interest in being involved in the production.

"There are three speaking roles we are looking to cast along with work for several extras," Jason Von Drayco said.

"If there is anyone looking for experience with special effects make-up then we want to hear from them as well, and if there are people who have aspirations of joining the film industry, then this is also their chance.

"Much of the time film sets are closed to the public and it is hard for people to get a handle on what actually goes on, but we will be happy to share our knowledge on the film-making process."

The production will be an end of study major for Bremner, who is enrolled at the International Film School in Sydney and, as such, has a minimal budget.

"We can't afford to pay the cast and crew, however we will feed, transport and offer national and international accreditation for those who join us," Bremner said.

"Everyone involved will receive a high definition DVD copy of the film and will be invited to the premiere as well.

"This opportunity also offers serious exposure for emerging talent as the film will be launched to several national and international film festivals.

"It will also provide wide exposure for Broken Hill overseas and enhance its movie-making reputation."

Anyone interested in being part of the production should telephone 0421-771-294 or 0424-952-410.